Michaela Claussen


Michaela brings a background in classroom teaching and a passion for data-driven instruction to her role as a trainer and coach for the Center for Student Achievement, a division of the Arizona Charter Schools Association. Michaela’s first step into education was teaching seventh grade writing and social studies in the Glendale Elementary School District through Teach for America. Originally from Nebraska, Michaela thought her move to Phoenix and seventh grade teaching assignment would be a short two-year pit stop. However, she quickly fell in love with teaching and has made Phoenix her home! While teaching in Glendale, Michaela earned her M.Ed. in Secondary Education at Arizona State University and then went on to spend four years teaching fifth & sixth grade life skills at Arizona School for the Arts. She also served as the sixth grade team leader at the school. Michaela earned her B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, so of course she is a loyal Husker football fan. She also loves to travel as much as possible. Michaela seems to have a new hobby every month, but as a former piano teacher and fitness instructor, she consistently enjoys practicing classical piano music and attempting the newest workout she can find in the Valley. Overall, she is committed to supporting efforts that bring educational equity to all students in Arizona.


If you have questions about data-driven instruction, or writing rigorous and standards-aligned unit and lesson plans, I would love to help! I can also assist in incorporating writing across curriculum and share tools for increasing emotional intelligence among students.